This Week in Nature

In this week's Nature, Harvard University researchers describe how the burrowing behavior of oldfield mice is driven by just a few genetic loci, in a modular fashion, offering insights into the genetic basis of innate behaviors. Oldfield mice create complex burrows with long entrance and escape tunnels. In contrast, closely related deer mice dig small and simple burrows.

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The US National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration have proposed changing gene therapy oversight, the Associated Press reports.

Nature News reports that the Salk Institute has asked for the scope of a gender discrimination lawsuit brought against it to be narrowed.

CNBC reports that the sequencing startup Veritas aims to sequence individuals who fall at extremes.

In PLOS this week: genotyping of indigenous North African goats, program to simulate evolve and resequencing studies, and more.